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In my last post, I wrote about how life doesn’t really follow a linear outline as glorified in a pamphlet for some retirement village in Florida (“You’ve worked so hard your entire life. Now you can enjoy the fruits of your labour!”) In some utopian version of real life, we’d probably all live comfortable, safe lives in some sunny, gentrified corner of the Western world while raging a full-out civil war in our heads. Kind of like daily life in Star Trek with ten times the Klingons.
The truth is, I had another equally compelling inspiration to write my last post. I wanted to write about the fun part, the part that makes it a GAME.
Quite honestly, the past few years have unraveled so quickly and fantastically for me that I’m often unable to comprehend the whirlwind of events happening around me. I often allow the tidal waves of change carry me momentarily, until I harness enough strength to have a another surf. It’s simultaneously confusing and delightful, like when you first set foot in the hurried commotion of a foreign city you’ve always wanted to visit.
I’m not sure if I’m convincing you if change is good thing at this point, but perhaps I’ve piqued your interest. To reach this point of chaos, I had to lay out some groundwork – which I didn’t know I was doing at the time. Exhausted from my grey daily routines and predicting no foreseeable improvement, I laid out each major component of my life – health, finance, career, relationships, adventure, mental balance/spirituality – and then set a number of challenges for myself in each category.
Each challenge would push my comfort boundaries by making me do something different. After all, a well-known definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. Tim Ferriss calls them comfort challenges, but I’ve come across many synonymous terms. How did I choose the challenges? The pre-requisites were pretty simple. If it was new and different, it was a fair challenge. If it made me apprehensive or uncomfortable, then it was a high-level challenge.
Mind you, the implementation stage was not easy – at the beginning. Everyone has varying tolerances for fear. Outside of horror movies and extreme sports (both of which don’t really count), my fear tolerance was about as low as you might think yours is. Believe it or not,